The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: MUDANDA  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MUDANDA  Female  August 2012 Mudanda area - Tsavo East National Park  About a year old  Spotted in the Mbololo watercourse searching for water  Poaching 

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Most Recent Keeper's Diary Entry: (view all the latest entries for MUDANDA)

1/18/2019 - It was a busy beginning to the day as all the milk dependant orphan elephants gathered for their early morning milk bottles after which they settled to enjoy the Lucerne pellets that had been put out for them. Mudanda rubbed her bottom against a rock while Nguvu went to a separate rock for his scratching session. Ishaq-B was busy rolling up and down the red earth piles to show case her talents in an effort to entice Mbegu’s herd members to join her. She finally managed to succeed in getting Ngilai’s who came to join Ishaq-B. Kihari and Tahri had fun rolling around on the red earth piles until Kenia came in and spoiled their game by stealing Tahri away. Ndii, who was watching everything that was going on, came charging up to Kenia and Tahri to separate the two and take Tahri for herself. Ndotto and Tundani closed the stockade games with a wrestling match before following their friends to the browsing grounds.

Emily’s herd visited the stockade at 8.30am, two hours after the stockade dependant orphans had left for the fields. After drinking water from the stockade water hole, Edie placed her trunk and head on a rock, closed her eyes and relaxed. The ex-orphan group remained at the stockade for an hour before heading back to the park.

The Two Latest Photos of MUDANDA: (view gallery of pictures for MUDANDA)

 Mudanda charging Mudanda sniffing the air
Mudanda charging
photo taken on 8/20/2013
Mudanda sniffing the air
photo taken on 8/20/2013

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: MUDANDA (foster now)


This female calf was first sighted by the Trust Pilot on the 3rd August 2013 whilst flying over the Mudanda area of Tsavo East National Park on a routine aerial recce mission. The calf was alone in the Mbololo watercourse desperately searching for water in a dry sandy lugga. (The carcass of a female elephant that could have been the mother had been spotted near Mudanda Rock a week ago by KWS.)

The calf is spotted from the air  Mudanda with the rescue team ready to capture her

The calf is captured  Immobilizing the calf

Securing the calfs feet for transport



The calf, estimated to be about one year was rescued by the Voi Elephant Keepers that same day, and driven to the Voi Stockades in the back of a Pickup Truck, where she was put into the new Taming Stockade next door to Mbirikani. She was very dehydrated, obviously having been without her mother for several days, and was understandably aggressive, but calmed noticeably when she was introduced to the other Keeper Dependent orphans currently based at night at the Voi Stockades, all of whom were happy and excited to welcome and greet her. She has been named “Mudanda”.

The rescue team return the stockade with their precious cargo  The new calf in the training stockade at Voi

Mudanda in her stockade



The decision was made to continue her milk dependency at the Voi Stockades, rather than transfer her to the Nairobi Nursery, since accommodation space at the Nursery was in short supply, many newcomers having come in during the month of July due to the current poaching pandemic. Mudanda’s arrival at the Voi Rehabilitation Centre brings the number of Keeper Dependent Elephants there to 18.

Mudanda charging  Panda left, Shimba & Mudanda

Mudanda out of the stockades  Mudanda sniffing the air

   

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